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Andean Explorer: Peruvian Highlands

Journey through Peru's magnificent landscape in style, on board the new Andean Explorer luxury train. New for May 2017, the Andean Explorer is the first luxury sleeper train in South America. On the journey, indulge in beautifully designed cabins inspired by Peruvian tradition, enjoy fine dining in two Restaurant Cars with fresh, local ingredients, relax in the Lounge Car with its bar and baby grand piano, and watch the scenery pass by on the Observation Car's open deck. Framed by luxury, this round-trip adventure from Lima and into the heart of Peru will leave you in awe.

On this journey, you will step into the ruins of the Inca Empire and learn about its might. This tour includes a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the most recognizable destinations in the world. You will also visit Lake Titicaca and be welcomed by the local communities, learning about the people who have lived on this lake for centuries. Glorious landscapes, warm cultures, magnificent ruins, and historic cities all await on this journey into the Peruvian Highlands.


Tours depart on Sunday. 

Cities Covered Lima

Arrive in Lima and settle into your luxurious hotel. Relax and anticipate the start of your adventure.

Overnight in Lima.

Cities Covered Lima

Enjoy a city tour of Lima this morning after breakfast. Lima has always been one of the most important cities in South America ever since it was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Your sightseeing tour explores the historic quarter and modern districts of the city, and the main square with its beautiful buildings. The Government Palace, the City Hall, the Palace of the Archbishop and the Cathedral are still the most important places in town. Continue to the San Francisco Monastery, Plaza San Martin and the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.

You will have the afternoon at leisure for shopping or to explore the city on your own.

Overnight in Lima.

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Cities Covered Lima ,  Cusco

An early morning flight brings you to the Inca capital of Cusco. Upon arrival, proceed to the hotel to have a welcome coca tea, which may help relieve altitude sickness. The remaining of the morning is free to relax and slowly acclimatize.

Overnight in Cusco 

Cities Covered Machu Picchu ,  Cusco

Today you visit the famed and hotly anticipated ruins of Machu Picchu, perhaps the most iconic site of the Inca Empire. First, transfer to the Poroy train station where we will board the Vistadome train (first class) for a 3½ hour journey up to Machu Picchu. On arrival, board a small coach and travel along the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel where you will proceed for a guided visit. Machu Picchu remained for centuries undiscovered by the Spaniards, only to be found in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The uniqueness of its location and the genius that went into its construction make this Inca archaeological site truly one of the great wonders of the world.

A well-deserved lunch is served after your excursion at the restaurant of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located within the very sanctuary of the Machu Picchu Inca citadel. Later this afternoon, board the Vistadome train back to Cusco, where you are met and transferred back to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cities Covered Cusco ,  Puno

Check out of your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the train station to board the spectacular Andean Explorer train for a journey south to the beautiful city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This classic and luxurious trip, recently voted ‘one of the top ten railway journeys of the world’ cuts across the formidable Peruvian Altiplano. Spend time today taking advantage of all the train has to offer: beautifully designed cabins, two Restaurant Cars with traditional cuisine, a Lounge Car with a bar, and an Observation Car with an open deck to watch the scenery roll by. The first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which towers over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. Stop briefly en route for a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route. Visit Raqchi archaeological site. Lunch, tea time, cocktail and dinner will be served board.

Overnight on the train in luxurious twin bed cabins.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner

Cities Covered Puno ,  Taquile ,  Arequipa

Enjoy a delicious breakfast on board watching the sunrise over Lake Titicaca before heading out for an exciting excursion by boat. Your first stop is the floating reed Islands of the Uros Indians on the way to Taquile Island. The boat trip takes just 75 minutes from Puno to Taquile. Disembark in the southern part of Taquile. Locals in this lesser known area are not visited by mass tourism yet and will introduce you to daily activities and customs of their Quechua community. The visit is capped off by a meal prepared with local fish and fresh produce from the Andes and typical dance show. Board the Andean Explore for tea time and departure to Arequipa. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight in luxurious twin bed cabins.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cities Covered Arequipa ,  Lima

On your journey to Arequipa, stop for breakfast at Lake Lagunillas. You will then visit Sumbay Caves to see ancient paintings. 488 figures fill these walls, and many consider the cave to be one of the most beautiful and significant cave complexes in the region. After lunch on board the train, you will arrive in Arequipa. A transfer awaits to take you to the airport.

Board your connection flight to Lima and from there connect with the international flight home or to your next exotic destination.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Departure Dates and Rates

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble Rate
For departures January 1,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 7,485 US$ 5,015
For departures January 1,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 6,995 US$ 4,525
For departures January 1,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 6,370 US$ 3,905

Difference in class:

Diamond: Tren Crucero Gold + Hiram Bingham Luxury Train + Belmond Andean Explorer in Deluxe double bed

Gold: Tren Crucero Gold + Hiram Bingham Luxury Train  + Belmond Andean Explorer in twin bed cabin.

Silver: Tren Crucero Luxury + Vistadome Train + Belmond Andean Explorer in twin bed cabin. 

The following is included in your tour cost:

  • 6 nights accommodation either on board the Andean Explorer or in specified hotels
  • All meals on board the train and as specified in the itinerary
  • All alcohol on board the train (except for premium liquors)
  • Entertainment and sightseeing excursions as specified in the itinerary

The following is excluded from your tour cost:

  • Travel insurance
  • Domestic or international airfare (unless specified in the itinerary)
  • Transfers before or after tour
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Items of a personal nature, such as souvenirs and any other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Premium liquors on board the train
Terms and Conditions

20% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
Remaining balance due no later than 65 days prior to tour departure date



(i) 20% of the total tour value if cancelled 61 days or more prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled under 60 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS


Cancellations should be intimated by FAX to the corporate office in Princeton NJ.

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit

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